Henry David Thoreau

By Aiana Lee

Who was Henry?

Henry was a transcendentalist, he believed in being one with the Earth. Man was not supposed to be greater than or above the Earth. Humans should value the world and see it with great beauty and not horribly. He believed to enjoy nature and embrace it. He had an impact because it helped people understand their meaning, and nature's meaning. His main thing was that we should treat the Earth with respect because one day, when you die you will become part of it.
POLITICAL THEORY - Henry David Thoreau

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Henry was a huge transcendentalist. He was clearly in touch with nature as you could tell when he says "When my hoe tinkled against the stones, that music echoed to the woods and the sky, and was an accompaniment to my labor which yielded an instant and immeasurable crop. It was no longer beans that I hoed, nor I that hoed beans; and I remembered with as much pity as pride, if I remembered at all, my acquaintances who had gone to the city to attend the oratorios." (Thoreau 32). Here he speaks of "hoeing". His words had deeper meaning than just the basic thoughts about nature.
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